Estonia's first e-resident will be British journalist and columnist Edward Lucas, Minister of Internal Affairs Hanno Pevkur said on Thursday at the government press conference, Delfi reports.
Edward Lucas
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Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hand over the e-resident's ID card to Edward Lucas on 1 December.

Lucas has given Estonia a lot of publicity and therefore is awarded the country's e-residency without submitting an application, according to the statement.

Next week, Estonia is launching an ambitious plan is launched , allowing all European Union and third-countries nationals, who are not residents of Estonia, to apply for Estonian e-residency.

E-resident is a foreigner for whom Estonia creates a digital identity, based on the identity of their citizenship state, and will issue a digital identity card. E-residents will get access to Estonia's e-solutions like the possibility set up a company and a bank account within a day. Estonia's Economy and Communications Ministry IT Undersecretary Taavi Kotka has stressed that the main role of the state regarding e-residency is to develop a platform for business possibilities.

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